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It is totally true that tobacco control is funded very little
compared to the profits derived by the tobacco companies and the taxes
collected by governments.
At one point (in the 80s?), WHO had suggested that 1% of the tobacco taxes
be allocated to fund tobacco control activities. Then this suggestion
"disappeared": I wonder if you know why as it would be a simple request
that remains valid.
It is also true tha...
It is also true that Bloomberg and Gates have provided since 2007 and
2008 a significant amount of money to promote tobacco control worldwide:
500 millions is not small change (325 millions from Bloomberg and 125
millions from Gates). How has this money been used? I don't think I have
seen yet a detailed evaluation. Is that normal?
Tobacco Control in Africa - The investigative blog
PS: I should add that when French people were polled and asked if
they were in favor of taking 1% of the tobacco taxers to fund tobacco
control activities they were overwhelmingly in favor (including smokers)
but that was not the opinion of the Finance Ministry